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Dec 06 2016 (16:41)  Aadhaar card to become mandatory for railway concessions (www.businesstoday.in)
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Posted by: Jayashree ❖ Amita*^  36160 news posts
Indian Railways is all set to make aadhaar card mandatory to avail any kind of concession in the train fare. From April next year, it will be applicable for senior citizen concession and gradually all categories will be brought into the ambit.
The idea is to ensure that only bonafide citizens get the benefit while it will check cases of impersonation. Railway officials claimed the move will also be a step towards reducing expenses on subsidy and railway concessions.
The railways has already given senior citizens the option of foregoing concession
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on rail fares in order to reduce its huge subsidy burden. Railways spend a whopping Rs 1,600 crore on various categories of concessions out of which nearly Rs 1,200 crore is spent on senior citizen concession. A senior official said instructions have been issued to railway's IT wing CRIS for making necessary changes in the online ticket booking system. Those purchasing tickets at reservation counters will also have to provide their aadhaar card number at the time of booking.
As per the rules, male senior citizens above 60 years of age are given 40 per cent concession of rail fare while women above the age of 58 years can avail 50 per cent concession in all classes. Some categories like physically challenged, deaf and dumb, and heart patients can avail concession up to 75 per cent on rail fares.
As per the plan, the aadhaar number, provided at the time of booking, will be printed on the tickets.
The plan will be implemented in two phases. In the first phase, it will be mandatory to provide the aadhaar number to avail railway concessions under the quota like senior citizen, freedom fighter, differently-abled, students and even unemployed youths. Indian Railways provides concession in rail fares to 53 categories. A senior rail ministry official said the policy in this regard will be approved and implemented in 15 days. In the second phase, that will take nearly two months, railways will link all ticketing services to aadhaar card. This means, a passenger will have to provide the aadhaar number at the time of booking any ticket - online or at the reservation windows. Initially, the aadhaar number will be required for booking reserved tickets but later it will be made mandatory for all unreserved tickets too.

  
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Dec 06 2016 (18:30)
gopalfirst   78 blog posts
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okay okay correct correct sir.

  
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Dec 06 2016 (22:11)
Guest: 2a1ce5bf   show all posts
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Good step by ir !!
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